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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - November 4, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 THE IETHBRIDGF. Thursclciy, November 4, 1971------------- 1A H7 Excessive U.S. reactions to UN vote the truth U' Yi the L'n Peking ami unjustified. 'll'i1 are not ItkrK Ii buke from outsiders the ment for fund'ni: winter makc-wor1- lion program to each lion thai hall government organized by the ment and the other halt g vate organizations and agencies. I a- nadians" taken off the unemployment. roles during tins six month works program (Nov. 1 to May will receive up to SUM ,1 week depending on the qualification.- required tor spe- cific jobs. Other stipulations that employ- ers who receive ihc edera! aid must hire unemployed orkc-rs through Canada Manpower and the projects have to be of a basically nature: also, a minimum ol persons per project must be tethliridge. Mayor Andy Ander- son advised city council at its regu- lar nighl meeting that loca should be encouraged lo -ubmit applications for work they uoii'd like (lone this winter. Council would then approve the projects and forward them to the provincial autn- But time is moving along. Applica- tions are being received now and the final date for receiving and ap- proviiv them has been set for Jan- uary "1 of next year. That's not very far'off so if Lethbridge is to take advantage of the federal govern- ment's largesse people should put on their thinking caps now and get then- applications in. Refreshing suspicion There i-; some'lidr. the smoggy aimospn-' tional relations ju but it could beco' ,e a r U i? mentators that 'lima United States all want of the war in A :elnam. and that these three hie powers are in actual tact working together lo li'iit end. Dir.'.ior has U that plans about what In do to keep the peace when a truce has been negotiated are lorward, and that, such arrangements will be made through a UN. Already the Scandinavian countries Denmark. Norv.av, Finland and Sweden are said lo be gathering a military force of about men who will be used to supervise the plan. The working hypothesis is to main- tain the division of Vietnam in two parts North and South. The UN peacekeeping force would have to police not only border areas but ru- ral areas of South Vietnam now un- der rebel control. They would also ob- serve and report on infiltration in the DAlZ. and check insurgent activ- ities. If the force comes in to use, it would be required tn supervise and police the partition ol Laos and Cam- bodia as well. The London Observer's correspon- dent in Stockholm. Roland Huntford, favs that the force is currently being chosen and trained for its future role. The choice of the Scandinavian countries for the delicate job is in- "enious. Norway, a member of Nato, has the approval of the U.S.; bin- land is closely allied with the VSS.R.: and Sweden has for some time" been cementing her lies with Peking and Hanoi. (A former Swe- dish foreign minister is now in Hanoi holding talks with Ihe North Viet- Although no announcements have been made of course, the Observer correspondent says that the Scandin- avian soldiers involved, believe that matters will come to a head very soon. Maybe, the army is ahead of the politicians this time. The very fact that preparations are being made for the day of peace in Southeast Asia is encouraging. Consultation clauses Bv Louis Burke JX our day. it is impo-sihle to operate without the expert because everything has become so complex. As a result, the idea of consultation hr.s become second na- ture for all people income tax to innovations down on ihe farm. But no- where is consultation more than in the field of educah.m avid Ihe experts are the teachers. Consultation i.-, necessary, and to date, there has been riieniy of it, but under the School Ac; of Seventy, ihc issue has burst into some school hoards refuse I'r such a clause into a legal contract frr tcaoh'Ts. One such school hoar.l which refuses now rules the ru'M in the two cities, Lethbridce and Medicine Hat. Anoth- er such grniipina claims lo speak for the entire population of southern Alberta out- side the two nlio.- mentioned. Yet many other .school boards, some much larger; some much smaller, have inserted m their teach- ers' conlracls. The lic school teacher.-, l The board aiTc make rhaiiiy. in conditions agreement uill.niii tor considered consistinc ol ilin-e tea senior administrative If Calcary can do it. is absolutely no reason whv school boards in southern Alberta cnnr.ot do il. In Ponoka Coiiniy, the consultation clause The teacbei'f. recognize, llio right ot the board to formulate policy, in return, the board recognizes the right of the teachers to he consulted. Nothing could be simpler, more direct, or better designed to ensure an atmosphere of confidence, co-operation and goodwill. The consultation clause in Grande Prai- rie states; An advisory committee shall be estab- lished to consider any proposed changes in educational matters. The hoard and Ihc leathers shall have equal representa- tion nn this committee. There is no question about the morale of Ihe teaching forces in areas where such clauses are part of the contracts. They feel lhat as ordinary professionals and experts their rights been recognized and se- cured. Nor arc Ihe above mentioned three school boards receptions in the province. Over seventy other school boards have set- tled their conlracls withoul fuss, confusion, or strike. At this stage, it is useless for Ihc school boards of southern Alberta to protest that leachers nughi to trust thcra, and ask teachers to carry on in Ihe. 'old' way, say- ii'U that all will be. well. That is foolish rvpeelalioii on a great scale, or 'groat r.x- ivelalions' oti n foolish scale. The fact that local school boards m south- ern Alberta refused to write a consulta- tion clause into teachers' conlracls is more than ample grounds for Ihe spores of dis- trust to and flourish. .Sadly, only the few must shoulder the responsibility for the rapidly deteriorating situation in our part o! the province. The many must .suffer on but (or how long? Letters to the editor An attempt to clear up some misconceptions Recent, comments in your pa- per and elsewhere prompt me 10 write in an attempt, to clear up some misconceptions about salary negotiations in the rural school areas of southern Alber- ta. The new School Act in 1970 caused many problems. First, 11 removed from legislation most of the safeguards which teachers enjoyed. Second, it al- lowed the formation of employ- ers' associations which led to regional negotiations. Teachers obieeled lo such associations on the grounds that it would be very'difficuit if not impossible to "work out a satisfactory agreement at this level. We want to negotiate with the peo- ple who employ us. Negotiations normally start some months in advance of the expiry of an old agreement. This is done so that when one agreement expires another is ready to take its place. Prep- arations started in this round in January, 1970. Teachers have been working on this agree- ment for nearly two years. Be- cause of delays caused by (he implementation of the new School Act and the organiza- tion of employers' associations allowed by it, negotiations did not actually start until Octo- ber of 1970. Teachers have been negotiating for over a year. If an agreement is signed in the near future, and if il is a two- year agreement, il will Ire time lo start work almost immedi- ately on the next agreement with no chance to see how the new agreement is working and where the problems lie. Is it any wonder that teachers are getting impatient'.' It should be mentioned that Stirling, Red- cliff and Ralston, school dis- tricts in this area who did not join Ihe So I h c in Alberta School Authorities Association have long since settled. Regarding the present stale of negotiations, a conciliation hoard award was brought down in .lime. This was rejected by both parlies. At a mediation meeting in September both parlies to the dispute presented amendments to thi.s award. The teachers reque-stcd three chan- ges. This does not mean that the award gave ieaeheif> all Uicy wauled. Many clauses wliirlt uo felt desir.'iblo were dropped in- diaiiwd. What, il did mean wai, thai. li-achors weir willing in l.r> lo wilh fhe oilier sections even though limy were not happy with them. The SASAA requested changes in clauses. Communications since indicate the SASAA has altered its position on only four of ihese. What, clauses are Mill in dis- pute'.1 They cover a wide range, and many matters from the sal- ary grid, pro rata and addi- tional allowances through sick leave, professional leave and working conditions. The sec- tion on working conditions in- cludes the consultation clause which has received so m u e h publicity. We feel that this clause is one of the main is- sues of the entire dispute. II indicates an attitude of the SASAA lo the teachers employ- ed by its member boards. Teachers feel that they have the right to be consulted be- fore changes are made in Ihe conditions under which they work We feel that a change in attitude of the SASAA with re- gard to the inclusion of a con- sullalion clause would expedite the resolution of Ihc deadlock. Teachers never have, do not and will not insist on control of education. But, we must have tlie right to express our opin- ions on decisions which affect education and in the final anal- ysis the students in this prov- ince. D. R. BALDWIN. Coaldalc. A common thread of violence discerned Just recently a great deal of publicity has been given the At- tica State Prison riol and the quelling of that uprising. Through the media a great many conflicting facts and opin- ions'have been expressed. How- ever one p r i m a r y thought seems to run throughout which is lhat it was a terrible trag- edy. An article in The Leth- bridge Herald referred to a common thread in the violence in American life. The common thread would probably more aptly be de- scribed as a very long elastic band thai is being pulled into every part of our world. In East" Pakistan, eight mill i o n human beings left their homes and homeland to face monsoons elsewhere b e c a u s e armed forces killed hundreds even thousands and forced them out. Dozens of soldiers and police are being shot in Ireland. In Australia the bla me for a bloody riot was put on "ten times as many police as were necessary." Why do women and children spur on rioters with police from windows and doors? What has been accom- plished in Vietnam or Cambo- dia? Going further back. what. was accomplished in Poland or Japan or even in the Second World War? Hate for armed and police forces is what has been engendered throughout. We, in Canada, yes. even Al- berta, have not gone untouched by the deadly common thread. Prison riots, hippie riots, stu- dent riots and a growing atti- tude thai the police are not what they should be. are part and oarcel of our Canada. The possibility of a strike by our own reform institutions' resenlalives signified a dissat- isfaction of Ihe par! they have to play in backing the practice of the law enforcement agen- cies. Just why is this discon- tented attitude toward the po- lice agencies becoming so pre- valent? I realize almost every- one hcs had some personal im- salisfving experience wilh the police, surely this is not a good reason to condemn Ihc whole and most people agree it is not. However the attitude persists, why? Just recently I had the priv- ilege of discussing this question with a man who had over 30 years of experience as a head of police forces. He readily and wholeheartedly agreed vith Ihe following reason why haired for police is on Ihe increase. I'n- like the TV programs, i.e. Iron- sides, Mod Squad, etc., the at- titude of our police forces is not to care for and be concern- ed for the welfare of people un- der their jurisdiction but rather lo keep in subjection and sub- mission lo Ihe powers that be, people in particular and in gen- eral This gentleman further slated that the whole force here in Alberta has become a dog-eal-dog situation. If this situation exists, (and 1 for one have no doubl il what can be done lo eliminate it? Strong action will have to be taken from the attorney gen- eral's department down to our local police chiefs to ensure thai this attilude is changed. II might be wise to amalga- mate the police forces under one head, to insure individual recognition of general policy. If the vast changes in our cor- rectional system are any indi- cation of what a single head as the minister of corrections can accomplish, then it could be wise indeed to amalgamate. B. R. MOYNAN. Coaldalc. Second, it was clear that "dual representation" would not bring the People's Repub- lic info the UN, as Ihe United States now professed to desire, because Peking considered that ils acceptance of such a for- mula would admit the exist- ence of a rival Chinese govern- ment, which Chiang Kai-shek still unshakahly claims to he. Third, and most important, as the representative of a NATO ally said to me, at the moment you are re-establishing your relations with Peking by setting up the president's visit, you are asking us to jeopar- dize ours by this vole. And you are exerting Ihe crudest sort ol pressure on us and others to do so. Is that a proper way to treat your allies? If Ihe United Slates wishes the support of its friends and allies in a matter of major im- portance, it must hammer out with them a policy of common interest to all. In Uiis case, a substantial majority of our allies had de- cided that it was in their in- terest lo bring Peking into lie world community and the UN, whatever might be the effects on Taiwan of doing so. They interpreted President Nixon's decision to visit Peking, over the strong objections of Tai- wan, as a recognition of the wisdom of thai policy. From their point of view, therefore, il was the United States, not they, which by its last-minute introduction of the dual representation proposal was deviating irresponsibly from a policy in the interest of the alliance as a whole. 11 seems to them, moreover, that the administration was be- having in this contradictory way primarily for domestic po- litical reasons in an attempt to appease right wing Repub- licans who had been outraged bv Ihc president's intention tn visit Peking and to deflect their rage from him to the United Nations. It is heartening that the ad- ministration has opposed "re- taliation" against the UN through cutting our contribu- tions to it. but unfortunate that the administration and some members of Congress have suggested that cuts might be appropriate because United States conlributions to the UN are "disproportionate." Of course the real sense in which our contributions are "disproportionate" is that they are considerably less than our share of the world's GNP would warrant. On that, basis, we should be contributing closer to 40 per cent than to 30 per cent of the regular budget, and more rather than less, as the ad- ministration has itself proposed UN development programs. Moreover, all the major UN programs lo which we contri- ivute are ones for which we voted indeed, often ones we proposed and vigorously advo- cated on national as well as in- ternational grounds. The overriding fact should be that it is clearly in the United Slates' national interest to strengthen rather than weaken the United Nations. Because of Vietnam and our domestic preoccupations, WB are properly reducing our uni- lateral presence and commit- ments overseas. Vet the world remains as unstable and dan- gerous a place as ever, nor can it be reliably stabilized by some sort of Washington-Mos- cow-Peking troika. A reinforced UN in which big, middle and small states all play a role in multilateral peacekeeping offers the best long-term prospect for world stability. It would be the height of folly for Ihe United States lo jeopardize that prospect be- cause of pique over our failure to impose our ambiguous and ambivalent China policy on our allies and on the United Na- tions. (Copyright diaries W. Yost) Looking backward On licensing cats "impounding" of This opening gambit, probab- ly has been used many times, lint in my case it happens to he true. Very seldom I write let- ters to the Editor, but I no- ticed a small column in the Oc- tober SO edition that made me write. It is nhoul The Alberta Urban Municipalities Associa- tion asking Ihe provincial gov- ernment to amend the section about licensing ral.s. Well I Kit almost proves my impression that most civil sen-ants and smaller politicians have to jus- tify their meaningless and petty existence by dreaming up all sorts of stupid rules and regula- tions. Just what difference is it j.'oing to make to the outcome of our society, if a cat doesn't have a license, and how Ihc flaming hell aro (Jic.y going to reinforce th stray felines? I 'have a cat living in our house, I don't claim I own the cat because. I don't, lie chose to live with us and we have a rea- sonable working relationship. He lets our children play with him. and drag him by the neck and I feed him. hut apart from I hat what he does is his own business, ;md since his anatomy is intact, he keeps himself very busy, I Ihink, and maybe, he. can be classified as a stray cat, but I cannot help it and I am nol going to get a license for him and if somebody wants to Ivy to impound him, and chase him lo do so, they are very welcome to il. JUAN' ,1. TCRAN. M.D. Pinclrcr Creek. Through The Herald 11121 Everywhere bread prices are being slashed. Bread in Lelhbridge still sells for ten cents a loaf. Cardston's new library now has an official librarian and will be ready for public opening soon. official opening of No. (I tombing and gunnery school will be marked on Sat- urday afternoon a Field. 1951 The fifth United Na- tions general assembly reject- ed a Russian demand thai Ihe question of giving China's seat lo the Communists be given priority in the sixth session. liHil-'-Tlin ultra-mod- ern Warner County olfice was officially opened by lion A.. J, Ilooke, Alberta minister of mu- nicipal affairs. The Lethbridge Herald 504